While playing Super Mario 3D World last week to uncover its final secrets, I realized something -- it's perfect for speedrunning. Not only is the map compact enough to make it work, but the levels themselves are built for it -- especially the vertical stages that are created around the Cat Suit.
But then I started to think outside the box. Given the multiplayer element, 3D World also has a unique "team" speedrunning opportunity. When playing it with my good friend who also happens to be a Mario fan, we found that playing in tandem with one another was very conducive to some fast completion times. With four players running about it can get a bit hectic, but two seems "just right" for completing a level without a fuss.... read more